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Collection TitleCL 137 Iszard’s Store CollectionCreatorChemung County Historical Society
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:June 2013
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Robert Iszard Jr. in 2012. 
Terms:Department Stores; Elmira (N.Y.); Ithaca (N.Y.); Parades; Stores, Retail
Historical:S.F. Iszard Company - The S.F. Iszard Company was founded by Samuel French Iszard in 1904.  The original department store was at 301-303 East Water Street in Elmira.  In 1923, Iszard commissioned a new building designed by Pierce & Bickford architects at 150 North Main Street.  During the 1960s, the company expanded with a branch at the Arnot Mall and, in 1984, Iszard's opened a store in Ithaca.  In 1957, the S.F. Iszard Co. began the tradition of hosting an annual Christmas Parade.  In 1989, the company was purchased by McCurdy's of Rochester.  During the nearly 85 years of its existence, Iszard's was a family company.  In addition to founder Samuel Iszard, his sons Harry and Franklin, grandsons Bill and Bob and great-grandson Bobby Jr. were all involved in running the company. 
Scope:The Iszard's Store Collection contains company newsletters, 1963-1977; photographs and newspaper clippings of the Christmas parade, 1958-1989; newspaper clippings; images of the store, events, employees and products; documents related to the construction of the Iszard's building, 1923-4; and personal papers and photographs of the Iszard's family. 

Shares a box with CL 138.

Blueprints for the S.F. Iszard Building at 150 North Main are stored in MP 06, D-01. 

Extent1.5 linear feet
Date Span1904-1990
AbstractThis collection contains documents, photographs and newspaper clippings from S.F. Iszard Company's department store as well as personal papers and photographs from members of the Iszard's family. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Booklet - Career Opportunities in Chemung County by the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce and Elmira City Schools, ca. 1960s. Includes section on S.F. Iszard's Co. BookletA1404
Deed of gift for manequins donated to the Horseheads Historical Society by the S.F. Iszard's Co., ca. 1970s. DocumentA1405
Program - The United Way Awards Night at the Armory, March 19, 1974. ProgramA1406
Booklet - Horse to Water: An Access Catalogue of Elmira, published by Elmira College, Winter 1974. Features S.F. Iszard Co. and downtown shopping. BookletA1407
Notice concerning the death of Franklin K. Iszard, June 7, 1977. NoticeA1408
Minutes of the Board of Trustees of the Mall Merchants Association, June 7, 1977. DocumentA1409
S.F. Iszard Co. memo regarding 1978 Clean-up Winners, March 3, 1978.MemoA1410
Program - Arnot Art Museum 52nd Annual Regional Exhibition of Art at the Iszard's downtown store, 1985. ProgramA1411
Booklet - Iszard's 50th Anniversary Sale! September 30-October 16, 1954. BookletA1501
Newspaper clippings regarding Iszard's 50th Anniversary, 1954. Newspaper ClippingsA1502
Iszard's 50th Anniversary commemorative matchbook, 1954.MatchbookA1503
Menu - Iszard's 50th Anniversary Breakfast Celebration, Hotel Langwell, April 8, 1954. MenuA1504
Scrapbook - Iszard's 50th Anniversary Celebration Planning and Scrapbook, 1953-1954. ScrapbookA1505
Booklet - Planning book for the Iszard's 50th Anniversary Sale, September 30-October 16, 1954. (2 versions)BookletA1506
Invitation to the opening of the S.F. Iszard Company's downtown street floor, September 7, 1977. InvitiationA1601
Letters from local news media to the S.F. Iszard Company regarding the opening of their new downtown street floor, September 1977. LettersA1602
(3) Photographs of the opening of S.F. Iszard Company's new downtown street floor, September 7, 1977. PhotographsA1603
Newspaper clippings regarding the opening of S.F. Iszard Company's new downtown street floor, September 7, 1977. Newspaper ClippingsA1604
Invitation to the opening of the S.F. Iszard Company's Ithaca store, September 11, 1984. InvitationA1701
(2) Napkins from the opening of the S.F. Iszard Company's Ithaca store, September 11, 1984. NapkinA1702
Photograph of the opening of the S.F. Iszard Company's Ithaca store, September 11, 1984. PhotographA1703
Booklet - 65th Anniversary Sales and 65th Anniversary Quota, 1969. BookletA1801
Booklet - 66th Anniversary Sales and 66th Anniversary Quota, 1970. BookletA1802
Newspaper clippings regarding the S.F. Iszard Company, 1924-1969. Newspaper ClippingsA1901
Newspaper clippings regarding the S.F. Iszard Company, 1970-1975. Newspaper ClippingsA2001
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